Linda Ann’s Answer
I found my major through two avenues. First, was this curiosity about how my dad and his sister, but 14 months apart in age could have such different personalities from each other. So that "burning question" in particular, and others like it obviously influenced the answers that I provided in an interest inventory test given in high school. That interest inventory test (the Kuder Preference Profile) said that my interests most clearly aligned with that of a psychologist. I didn't know any psychologists at the time. So, that's how I declared psychology as my major. I also had a keen interest in mathematics and had considered math as my major. When I learned, after taking my first psychology course, that I could combine these two interests in the sub-specialty of psychometrics, I was well on my way to a fruitful educational experience.
Linda Ann recommends the following next steps:
- In addition to the suggestions already provided by Mr. Ken Simmons I would suggest taking introductory courses during your first year in college to see what especially piques your interests. If you have a "burning question" about life in general, that burning question could be a good start to deciding which major to pursue!
- A discussion with a career counselor or guidance counselor might be useful. They might direct you to additional resources to help you to decide.
- A significant number of college freshman change their college major at the conclusion of the freshman year. So, don't be discouraged if you are worried about the wrong choice.
- If finances are an issue for you and your family, I would recommend attendance at a community college for the first two years following high school. Thus, if you change directions, the financial cost will be minimized! The only cost will be that of time. But it's not really a cost if you discover early on in your development that a certain career field is not really for you. You don't want to be a miserable 40 year old who sticks with an occupation just because it is now too late to change course (going back to school when you have a family, mortgage payments, car payments, etc., isn't so easy at this age; at the age of 21 or 22, it's much easier to pursue a new career)..
- Keep your eyes and ears open during your educational experiences. ENJOY.